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Twin buildings in Milan and Brooklyn

Last updated on July 2, 2018

Casa 770 is a particular building in Milan. What’s the story behind this maisonette? It all starts in 1940 when Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn moved to America because of the beginning of the nazi persecution against the Jewish people.

His community purchased for him a three-storey building  at  770 of Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. The Rabbi, the most prominent figure of the lubavitcher community, lived there for ten years and died in 1950.

The residence in Brooklyn then became a place of worhship and the Rabbi’s son-in-law, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, decided to duplicate that same building all over the world.

The city of Milan is the only European city to feature a copy of the building called “Casa 770“. It is nearby the Porta Venezia area, a few steps form the public gardens “Indro Montanelli” and the GAM – The Modern Art Gallery.

The house looks exactly like the one in Brooklyn and reflects the architectural style of this up-and-coming New York’s district.

Copies of the “Casa 770” can be found in Los Angeles, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo and New Brunswick (New Jersey).

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